Golf Talk Live - Arnold Palmer Transcript Segment 4

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 7, 2000, 5:00 pm
PETER KESSLER
LET'S TALK TO GORD IN ONTARIO. ARNOLD'S BEING SILLY AT THE BREAK, FORGIVE MY GIGGLING. GORD, ARE YOU THERE?

GORD FROM ONTARIO
YES, THANKS PETER FOR TAKING MY CALL.

PETER KESSLER
YOU'RE WELCOME.

GORD FROM ONTARIO
UM, I'LL BE VERY QUICK. MR. PALMER, AS YOU ENTER YOUR YOUNG 70'S, WHEN YOU LOOK BACK ON YOUR CAREER, WHAT WOULD BE THE GREATEST CONTRIBUTION THAT YOU'VE MADE TO THE GAME OF GOLF, YOUR OPINION?

ARNOLD PALMER
OH, MY OPINION, I'M NOT SURE THAT I'VE MADE IT YET, BUT IF I CAN GO AWAY LEAVING THE TRADITION AND THE INTEGRITY OF THE GAME STILL INTACT, I WOULD BE VERY, VERY HAPPY. AND I MEAN THAT VERY SINCERELY.

PETER KESSLER
HOW IS THE STATE OF OUR GAME?

ARNOLD PALMER
WELL, IT IS FANTASTIC. BUT WE - LIKE ANYTHING THAT IS GROWING AS FAST AS GOLF IS . AND OF COURSE, THE NATIONAL GOLF FOUNDATION WILL TELL YOU THAT WE'VE LEVELED OFF IN THE LAST YEAR OR SO .

BUT WE'RE GROWING AND MORE PEOPLE ARE COMING INTO IT. AND WE REALLY NEED, VERY DEFINITELY, TO TEACH THEM TO RESPECT THE GAME AND THE - IN THE .

ALL THE THINGS THAT HAVE MADE THE GAME SO GREAT, UH, THE TRADITIONS. AND IF WE DIDN'T HAVE ALL THOSE THINGS, THERE WOULDN'T BE AS MANY PEOPLE OUT HERE FOLLOWING IT AS THERE ARE.

SO WE NEED TO REALLY LOOK AT THAT. BUT TO - RIGHT NOW, I WOULD SAY THAT .

THE BUSINESS OF GOLF IS A BIT TOUGH, UH, BECAUSE THERE ARE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN THE BUSINESS OF GOLF. WE NEED TO LET THE - THE PEOPLE THAT KNOW THE BUSINESS RUN THE BUSINESS.

AND WE NEED TO UH, MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP UH INTACT THE TRADITION, THE DRESS CODE. I MEAN, PEOPLE GO OUT THERE HALF NUDE NOW AND PLAY GOLF. THAT BOTHERS ME.

I LIKE TO SEE PEOPLE DRESSED PROPERLY. AND I LIKE TO SEE THEM FEEL SOME FEELING FOR THE GAME AND MEANING AGAIN . AND I GO BACK AND IF I REPEAT MYSELF, I'M SORRY .

BUT INTEGRITY FOR THE GAME AND THE TRADITIONS. UH, I SAW UH, COSTNER WEARING A NECKTIE THIS WEEK. I DON'T THINK THAT WAS ALL BAD. I THOUGHT HE LOOKED PRETTY GOOD WEARING A NECKTIE.

AND THAT ISN'T SOMETHING THAT WE'RE ALL GONNA DO. BUT I JUST WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT PART OF THE GAME KEPT INTACT.

PETER KESSLER
LET'S SEE WHAT TONY IN SASKATCHEWAN WANTS TO ASK. GO AHEAD TONY.

TONY FROM SASKATCHEWAN
HI PETER, HOW ARE YOU?

PETER KESSLER
VERY WELL, THANK YOU.

TONY FROM SASKATCHEWAN
THANK YOU, MR. PALMER, FOR THE GOLF CHANNEL, NUMBER ONE.

ARNOLD PALMER
THANK YOU.

TONY FROM SASKATCHEWAN
MY BEST FRIEND, TWILA (SPELLING-???), SAYS 'HELLO' TO YOU TOO. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A YOUNG PLAYER WHO IS TIRED OF PLAYING THE CASUAL AND WANTS TO GET COMPETITIVE AND PERHAPS BE ANOTHER YOUNG ARNOLD PALMER LIKE YOURSELF?

ARNOLD PALMER
WELL . I WAS TEACHING MY GRANDSON UH YESTERDAY. AND I - AND UH,

AND I WAS GIVING HIM THE BEST I HAD TO GIVE HIM, AND YOU KNOW I WOULDN'T GIVE HIM ANYTHING ELSE. BUT UH, THE BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF THE GAME AND PRACTICE THEM, KEEP THEM, STAY WITH THEM .

WHEN YOU PRACTICE. AND DON'T CHANGE EVERY TIME SOMEONE COMES WITH A SUGGESTION ABOUT 'THIS IS GONNA MAKE YOU PLAY BETTER',

JUST STICK WITH THE BASIC FUNDAMENTALS. AND I'M GONNA TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN CREATE IN YOUR OWN BODY AND MIND SOMETHING THAT WILL LAST FOR A LONG TIME.

BUT IF YOU CHANGE EVERY TIME YOU HAVE A SUGGESTION, YOU COULD BE IN VERY SERIOUS TROUBLE.

PETER KESSLER
WHEN WE COME BACK, I UNDERSTAND YOU'VE INVITED A FRIEND OF YOURS TO DROP BY.

SO WE WILL INTRODUCE HIM AND HAVE A LITTLE CHAT WITH HIM AND TEASE EACH OTHER. WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH ARNOLD'S BUDDY, GARY PLAYER.

(BREAK)

NEXT SEGMENT
Getty Images

Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

Getty Images

Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

Getty Images

Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

Getty Images

Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.